Our interview season for this camp year is over. During the past 5 months I have throughly enjoyed getting to know new applicants and hearing their stories. One of the things that we do our best to gauge during an interview is spiritual maturity. We always ask several questions related to spiritual maturity, but 2 of my favorites are below:
“Is anyone intentionally pouring into you or mentoring you?”
“Are you intentionally pouring into anyone or mentoring anyone?”
These two things are definitely markers of spiritual maturity. Ephesians 4 tells us that Christ has gifted the members of his body with gifts so that we can train one another, build one another up, and do the work of His ministry. As children of God, we should be using our gifts to pour into others, and other members of the body should be pouring into us.
One of my friends and mentors, Derek Webster, recently taught on spiritual maturity and spiritual growth. He identified the following levels of spiritual maturity:
Infancy – focused on obedience to Christ / the danger in this stage is ignoring God’s commands
Marry Me – focused on love for the Savior / the danger in this stage is developing shallow roots
Parenting – focused on learning and Bible knowledge / the danger in this stage is legalism
Accept – focused on grace / the danger in this stage is apathy
Character – focused on deep character change / the danger in this stage is hypocrisy
Truth – focused on dedication / the danger in this stage is comfort
Derek explained that most Christians normally progress vertically through these stages, but it is also common to revisit each stage at different points along the Christian journey. Derek encouraged me to identify my level of spiritual maturity and think about what steps I needed to take to continue growing.
Today, I want to challenge you to do the same. Think about your level of maturity. What steps do you need to take to continue growing in Christ? Also, think about my first two questions. Is anyone pouring into you? If not, you need someone to fill this role in your life. Take active steps to find a mentor. Also, do you have anyone that you are intentionally pouring into? If not, diligently seek someone in whom you can invest.
None of us will ever “arrive,” but all of us should take steps to become more and more like our Savior.
But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head —Christ. Eph. 4:15